Board of Directors
 

Board of Directors' Bios

Mike Bruskin

Vice President, Headquarters Director of Procurement
Turner Construction Company

Mike joined Turner Construction Company in 1987 as a Field Engineer in the Connecticut Business Unit following his graduation from Penn State with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree (Construction Management Option) and progressed thru roles of increasing responsibility to his current role as the Vice President, Director of Procurement for Turner Construction Headquarters. In this role, Mike is responsible for implementation of the overall purchasing policy for Turner; negotiation of National Agreements; providing risk management guidance to Senior Management on evolving trends; the review, interpretation, and guidance to ensure that all Business Units and departments are adhering to correct purchasing guidelines and standards; and the creation of documents and procedures in response to specific and evolving business needs.

Mike began his career with Turner on the NYNEX Corporate Center Project and then in 1988 moved on to the People’s Bank Headquarters Project. In 1989 Mike transitioned to the Cost Department and in 1990 began a Construction Management assignment at the Yonkers Microsociety School #19. In 1991, Mike commenced a 6-year engineering assignment at the $140M, 625,000 sq ft Yale-New Haven Hospital Children’s Hospital / Facilities Renewal Project. He was promoted to Project Engineer in May 1994. In 2001 Mike was promoted to Project Manager and in that capacity was responsible for the new $45M, 200,000-sq. ft., Roger Ludlowe Middle School in Fairfield, CT, and the new $38M, 171,000 sq ft Plainfield High School, Central Village, CT as well as several other school projects in the Fairfield County area. In 2004 Mike transitioned into the role as Procurement Manager for the Connecticut Business Unit where he had been involved with over $1.5 B in Subcontract Awards. In 2008, Mike earned his LEED AP Certification.

Mike resides in Connecticut, enjoys biking and spending time with Family. He is married and has one son who graduated from PSU in Spring ‘13. 

Natalie Miller (BAE/MAE Class of 2009)

Project Manager – Integrated Construction Engineer
James G. Davis Construction Corporation (DAVIS)

Natalie Bryner, LEED Green Associate, is a Project Manager – Integrated Construction Engineer for James G. Davis Construction Corporation. She has had the opportunity to work on Banner Life Insurance Headquarters, a base building and tenant fit out, in Urbana, Maryland. She continued her position onto Versign at Bluemont Way in Reston, VA, which is an interior demolition and tenant fit out. Additionally, Natalie was a part of the team that did the American College of Radiology (ACR) tenant fit out, that included bumping out the façade of the main entrance. Natalie has also completed a tenant fit out project in Quantico, VA and a Chantilly, VA project called Mission Ridge. Within the last year, Natalie has finished moving NIST NCCoE into their updated building in Rockville, MD and upgrading LiUNA’s Washington DC headquarters. Currently Natalie is finishing the expansion of MCC’s Washington, DC office and replacing the MEP systems for Maryland State Archives in Woodlawn, MD. Natalie has completed training to be an Integrated Construction Engineering where she has the ability to utilize Virtual Construction on current and future DAVIS projects.

Natalie received an Integrated Bachelor and Master of Architectural Engineering degree in December 2009. Her main focus was the construction management option. While at Penn State, she was actively involved with organizations, such as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Women in the Engineering Program (WEP), Student Chapter for the Partnership in Achieving Construction Excellence (S:PACE), Envoy for the Architectural Engineering Department and Engineering Internship Program, and the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON). Natalie has continued to be involved with professional organizations and is currently a committee chair for outreach for the Baltimore-Washington Section (BWS) of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). This position gives her the opportunity to organize and participate in events geared towards K-12 and collegiate outreach.

In 2014, Natalie was the recipient of the first Alumni Society of Architectural Engineering (ASAE) Early Career Impact Award.

Jonathan Dougherty, President, Class of 1999 BAE, 2006 Ph.D.

Director – Corporate Knowledge
James G. Davis Construction Corporation

Dr. Jonathan U. Dougherty is the Director - Corporate Knowledge for James G. Davis Construction Corporation, Rockville, MD. In this role, he leads the corporate education and knowledge management initiatives. An award-winning teacher, Jonathan served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Building Construction at Virginia Tech and is an invited guest lecturer at several universities. 

Jonathan received his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Penn State. He continued his academic career at Penn State and earned his Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering. Prior to joining DAVIS, he taught for six years in the Penn State AE Department.

He is a champion of students and lifelong learning, as evidenced by his service to various universities and the AEC industry. As an alumni leader, he is an active member of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus Advisory Board, a Board Member for the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society, and founding Board Member and current President of the Penn State Alumni Society of Architectural Engineers. An advocate of students, Dr. Dougherty serves as chair of the Student-Focused Environment Committee, is a practitioner juror for Penn State’s AE Senior Thesis, and mentors fourth-year engineering students. His industry service includes being a Trustee for the Laborer’s Joint Training Fund of Washington, D.C., serving on the Montgomery College Construction Industry Advisory Committee, and serving on the Membership and Student Competition Committees for the Architectural Engineering Institute.

In 2013, Jonathan was named to Engineering News-Record’s Top 20 Under 40 in the Mid-Atlantic and served as the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Commencement Speaker.  He has been honored with the PSEAS Distinguished Service Award, Hayfield Award for Excellence in Service to Campus (Penn State Wilkes-Barre), and Penn State Architectural Engineering Centennial Fellow.  In 2014, Jonathan received that Penn State Alumni Association’s Kay and Ernie Salvino Volunteer of the Year Award. 

Charlie Haack

Manager
ICF International

Charlie Haack is a consultant with ICF International, where he is a manager on the Energy Efficiency Analytics & Policy team. The Energy Efficiency Analytics and Policy team is a strategic group of engineers that perform analysis to guide policymakers in key decisions regarding the built environment.

His work includes energy efficiency policy analysis for the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Department of Energy, energy code development within the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition, and energy efficiency program implementation for numerous utilities across the United States. Charlie has provided technical programmatic support for the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program since 2010 and currently leads a team of engineers assisting EPA in the development of ENERGY STAR program requirements.

Recently, Charlie has been supporting the U.S. Agency for International Developments Energy Efficiency for Clean Development Program where he has assessed energy efficiency opportunities at the country-level in South Africa and Mozambique. Additionally, he held a workshop on green building certification and ASHRAE energy audits in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. Charlie also supported the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in developing a framework and publishing peer-reviewed paper to compare national green building standards and codes to better inform the next generation of LEED standards.

Prior to joining ICF International, Charlie served as ASHRAE’s public policy intern in Washington, DC. 

Jennifer Harrington, PE, LC, LEED AP; ‘02 BAE

Director of Lighting Design
Barton Associates

Jennifer graduated with a BAE (Electrical + Lighting) from Penn State University in 2002. Shortly after graduation, she began her professional career at Clark Nexsen in Virginia Beach, VA. While at the firm, Jennifer had the opportunity to design lighting and controls for a multitude of large commercial, international, and government projects including the Virginia Beach Convention Center.  She was very active in the Hampton Roads IES serving on the Board of Directors as a Member Retention Chair from 2003 to 2006. She also kept busy teaching IES introductory lighting courses to other professionals in the Hampton Roads area. In 2005, Jennifer was asked to join the Board of Managers for the STEM Pioneer Project of the Women’s Center at Tidewater Community College which provides mentorship opportunities for female students aspiring to be engineers.

Although she greatly enjoyed her time in Virginia, Jennifer decided to return to Pennsylvania in early 2006 to be closer to her family. She began working at Burt Hill (now known as Stantec) in Butler, PA. While there, she was responsible for the lighting and controls design of various hospitals, one of which was located in Dubai UAE. Then in September of 2006, Jennifer decided to return to the place of her Alma Mater and joined Reese Engineering located in State College, PA.  After joining the firm, Jennifer was promoted to Director of Lighting Design while expanding her field of experience to include senior living, higher education, hospitality, and high-end residential projects. She also had the honor of presenting lighting-related topics at multiple national and state level senior living conferences. In March of 2016, Jennifer opened a new chapter in her career when she accepted the position of Director of Lighting Design at Barton Associates.   Barton Associates is the largest independent MEP consulting firm headquartered in Central PA.  In her new position, Jennifer is responsible for overseeing the development and production of architectural lighting design for all of Barton’s locations and markets.  As always, Jennifer continues to share her passion for creating highly functional, environmentally-conscious lighting solutions to meet her clients’ needs.

Abby Kreider

Engineer
Turner Construction Company

Abby is a 2014 graduate of the Penn State Architectural Engineering Program with a strong interest and concentration in the construction management aspect of the industry.  After two internships with Barton Malow Company throughout her academic career, she began working with them professionally as a Project Engineer upon graduation.  She recently worked on the Penn State campus and has worked on South Halls Renovation, South Frear Laboratory Renovation, and Whitmore Laboratory Renovation in her time on the campus.  She now currently works for Turner Construction based in Pittsburgh, PA.  She enjoys the daily problem solving that comes hand in hand with the construction industry and appreciates being able to contribute back to the Penn State community through constructing the buildings that improve student life. 

As a young professional, Abby enjoys being a part of the community that she lives and works in. Abby has been able to transition her academic participation with the College of Engineering to her professional career and now serves as a member of the COE’s Young Alumni Advisory Board.  In her spare time, Abby also volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Abby plans to continue enjoying her work in the construction industry and maintaining connections to her Alma Mater.

William R. Long, PE, LEEDAP, FSMPS

Principal and Vice President
Canuso Jorden 

William R. Long is a Principal and Vice President with Canuso Jorden, a general contracting/construction management firm based in suburban Philadelphia.  In his role at Canuso Jorden, Bill is a member of the company’s senior management team and has multiple responsibilities including serving as a Project Executive and Account Manager for select clients, being responsible for the oversight of company-wide business development and marketing, and maintaining multiple firm-wide general management responsibilities.  

A registered Professional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional with over thirty years of experience in the construction industry, Bill possesses an MBA degree from Villanova University in addition to his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree from Penn State. 

An active member of the building design and construction community, Bill has been quoted or profiled in Engineering News-Record, Building Design + Construction, Principals Report, The ZweigLetter, Professional Services Management Journal, Mid-Atlantic Construction, A/E Marketing Journal, New York Construction, and MarketingNow.  He has presented at local, regional, and national functions for AIA, AGC, ASLA, CMAA, CSI, ISPE, SMPS, PSMJ Resources, the Construction Marketing Research Council, and the Society for Design Administration.  Bill has also been a guest lecturer at Penn State University, Virginia Tech, and Drexel University.   

Bill has authored numerous articles and columns for various building industry publications including A/E Rainmaker, The Marketer, Principals Report, and New York Construction.  He is a Fellow in the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and is a Past-President of the SMPS Foundation Board of Trustees.  Bill is also a member of the Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia and a member of the Board of Directors for the Designing Futures Foundation, which promotes the brand and supports the financial future of Philadelphia’s Charter High School for Architecture + Design.  

Stephen Spinazzola, PE, LEED AP, Class of 1981 BAE

Division Manager Buildings
RMF

Stephen Spinazzola, PE, LEED AP joined RTKL in 1981 and was promoted to Associate, Associate Vice President, and Vice President in 1995.  From 1999 thru 2015 he managed the MEP/ FP group for RTKL eventually being registered in 33 states and British Columbia.

Stephen Spinazzola joined RMF in 2015 as division manager for the Building Systems Group in the Baltimore office.  He has over three decades of experience in both mechanical design and project management on mission-critical, educational, health and science, corporate, retail and institutional projects. His day-to-day responsibilities include, keeping the gears in motion both for RMF’s clients and for his division by providing direction to the project managers, reallocating human assets and hiring the industry’s most qualified engineers.

Stephen specializes in the design of data centers. He is the co-inventor of an advanced data center cooling technology that has six patents and is currently being deployed in data centers all over the world.  He is a licensed professional engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and is also a certified U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Stephen has given twenty technical presentations at industry conferences; authored twelve technical articles featured in various engineering and trade magazines; and is active in the engineering community, belonging to such professional organizations as the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).

Steve resides in Baltimore MD, enjoys biking, running, and golfing, and spending time with my family.  He has one son who graduated from Stevenson University in 2013.

Gary Strand

Division Head
Simpson Gumpertz Heger

Gary Strand graduated in 1982 with a BAE, structural option. Since then he has spent his entire career in the Washington DC area working for structural engineering consultants and is now the Division Head of the structural group for Simpson Gumpertz Heger’s Washington DC office located at 19th and L Streets.  Over his 34 year career he has designed everything from 1,000,000 square foot buildings to back decks on residential homes.  He has experience designing with wood, steel, concrete, and masonry and brings a high level of creativity and problem solving to each and every project.  He is currently a board member of SEA-MW of which he held the chairman position in 2003-2004.

On his resume is a long list of unique projects that step beyond standard building construction where school-day textbooks provide only the foundation for solving complex unusual structural tasks.  These include removing statues from capitol domes and roofs for restoration, designing travel frames for Egyptian stone tomb exhibits, providing structural support services for various museum artifacts and displays, and the design of temporary complex rigging required by project parameters and the needs of the contractor.

Married in 1986, he and his wife Donna have three children each with college degrees and the youngest just received a degree in Economics from our beloved PSU. While the family grew he took volunteer leadership positions in Scouts, summer swim leagues, travel soccer clubs, the neighborhood architectural review committee, and continues as a ski patrol member at Liberty Mountain Resort outside of Gettysburg.  

Jonathan Williams

Owner
Real Projectives®

Jonathan Williams is the owner of Real Projectives® which he founded in 2008.  His firm provides project management and professional advisory services to owner and investor clientele throughout the entire real estate life-cycle and across a diverse spectrum of project types and sizes around the U.S.

Jonathan is active in professional and community organizations, chairing multiple committees and volunteering in local economic development and town revitalization efforts.  He has been a member of the ASAE Board since 2009 and currently chairs the Communications Committee.  He started mentoring AE students in 2015 and looks forward to continuing that role.

Mr. Williams understands the importance of continuing education and certification.  He graduated from Penn State in 1993 with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (BAE-AE) degree and dual emphases on construction management and structural engineering.  He was the recipient of the John J. Brinjac Memorial Award for 5-years Outstanding AE performance and was an officer of Penn State’s student chapter of NAHB chapter for four years.  He garnered the Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) and Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) credentials from the Construction Specifications Institute.  Later he earned a Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) development and investments from the Johns Hopkins University.  He also completed the Flagship Program of Leadership Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Before starting Real Projectives, Jonathan was the director of construction management for a DC-area real estate owner-developer.  Prior to that, he helped lead a 35-person MEP engineering firm through a merger and four-fold growth.  After graduating from Penn State he was a project manager and owner representative with a large office REIT working in the construction, development, and property operations divisions.  He began in the industry by working summers of college years as a carpenter, superintendent and designer of custom homes and light commercial properties in Southcentral Pennsylvania.

Sara Schonour, LEED AP, Class of 2007 BAE

Associate Vice President
CannonDesign 

Sara Schonour is an Associate Vice President at CannonDesign and the leader of the CannonDesign Lighting Studio. She joined the firm after graduating from the AE program in 2007, and has since designed the lighting for a wide range of project types across the firm’s 15 national and international offices. An active leader in the lighting community, Sara serves on the board of the Designer’s Lighting Forum of New England (DLF-NE), has been a guest lecturer at IES conferences as well as in university settings, and was honored as one of Building Design & Construction’s 40 Under 40. Sara is a strong advocate for sustainable design and is well-versed in the role that light can play in the realization of beautiful spaces that are also sensitive to the consumption of energy and natural resources. In addition to her LEED AP credential, Sara is also LC certified and an Associate member of the IALD. Highlights in her portfolio include multiple Awards of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society as well as an Award of Excellence from the International Association of Lighting Designers. In her spare time Sara volunteers as a theatrical Lighting Designer and board operator for the Footlight Club, America’s oldest community theater, and outside of the world of lighting she enjoys skiing, sailing, backpacking, and biking.

 
 

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